Principle of LIFE
As it is with the Author of Life, so it is with the Product of His Word and Heart: His Church.
MUCH is wrapped up in this Truth, towards God and towards one another: “Draw near to me, and I will draw near to you.”
We GET as we give. If we withhold and do not give or risk beyond what we can do relatively painlessly, we will never receive what He desires for us—the abundance of “pressed down, shaken together, running over.”
“Unless the seed falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone. But IF it dies, it bears much fruit.”
Drawing near, to Father and to others—paying the price, dying to self and desires, risking. These are the “creeds” and “statements” that bring pleasure to our God. Jesus said very little about His “belief system,” but the Father was “WELL pleased” by His life laid down for His brothers. First things first. We “GROW” in grace and knowledge, and we “GROW” into oneness of “Faith” as we are equipped, says the Lord. But first, we must love others faithfully and relentlessly and sacrificially, or what is in our heads or on our tongues means nothing.
God IS love and there is no having Him without a love that is costly to our personal plans or “freedoms” or desires. It is all eminently practical, or it is not true Christianity. TRUE Life in His Church and in our personal lives can consist of nothing less than observable, costly offering of our very lives and desires and means for others’ well-being. We get as we give, not as we “think” or “know” or “say.”
“The Kingdom of God consists not of mere words!”
In His Church, we see His People as “partners in mortality, fellow-citizens, fellow-pilgrims, and companions on our way.” And, those whom He has Saved around us “are Your servants, my brothers, whom You have chosen to be Your sons. These children of Yours are my masters, whom You have commanded me to serve—if I would live with You, and of You.”
“Your Word would be of little affect if it only commanded by speaking, but did not pave the way for my doings. I love, then, in deed and word.”
“Draw near to me, and I will draw near to you.”
Do you have problems and needs? Well, then, here is the Holy Answer: We GET as we give. If we withhold and do not give or risk beyond what we can do somewhat painlessly, we will never receive what He desires for us—the abundance of “pressed down, shaken together, running over.”
quotes from 4th century AD